When Marian at Miss Mustard Seed agreed to do this interview I was beyond excited! Most of my life, I’ve had a passion for vintage or antique finds. Clothes, decor, jewelry. Pretty much anything I could find useful. When I decided to leave my career to stay home with our daughter, I knew I wanted to start my own business and do something I was passionate about. I started searching the web and social media for ways to make that dream a reality. One night while researching on the internet, I stumbled upon an image on Pinterest.
That image belongs to Marian at Miss Mustard Seed.
I remember it so fondly for it was in that moment I realized, this is where I wanted to go with a business. That one image inspired me. I realized she had a blog, and a milk paint line. Her painted pieces are all breathtakingly beautiful and she has the ability to breathe new life into outdated and forgotten pieces. Her feed sack covered chairs are my favorite!
She is a female entrepreneur growing her business and her decor style is iconic and unique. Like her, I love to decorate with “found” objects.
Amazing Room Decor by Miss Mustard Seed
When Marian agreed to an online interview I was so excited. I have much to learn and what better way to learn than from your idols and those that have helped pave the way?! Here are the questions I had for Marian.
1.) When and how did “Miss Mustard Seed” come about and where did you get the name?
The name actually came from my domain. The original name of my business was Mustard Seed Creations, but the domain wasn’t available, so my brother suggested missmustardseed.com. I had no idea people would actually call me that one day! The name is a biblical reference to having faith as a grain of mustard seed and, with that, you can move mountains. I wanted my name to remind me that this business was a huge step of faith.
2.) At what age did you discover your love of thrifting and repurposing?
I loved homes and decorating from the time I was about seven. I would rearrange the furniture in my dollhouse more than I would play with the dolls! I found my love for thrifting when I was in high school and it was cool to find secondhand, vintage clothes.
3.) Whats your favorite part of owning your own business?
I like being able to work on what suits my mood (most days), the flexibility, and that I have so much variety. It does take a lot of work and commitment, though. A lot of hours, late nights, and not a lot of days off!
4.) As a furniture flipper I know most everything has a price. What’s one piece you will never sell and why?
Oh this was a tough one, because I think I would sell pretty much everything! After some thought, though, I would never sell my original oil painting of Eulalie. It was custom painted for me and it just couldn’t be replaced. I don’t feel very sentimental about furniture, so I think just about everything else could be replaced.
5.) Whats the one piece you wish you wouldn’t have sold?
I don’t have any regrets about the pieces I’ve sold. There are so many I would’ve kept if I had the right spot for it, but I didn’t, so it’s better to let them go where they will be used and loved.
6.) Who inspires you?
I don’t think there is one person who has inspired or influenced me, but a collection of creatives and entreprenuers who have mentored and/or inspired me. I love the styling and photography of Maria of Dreamy Whites. Suzanne, owner of The Old Lucketts Store and Karen, <arel=”nofollow” href=”http://thegraphicsfairy.com/”>The Graphics Fairy, have been so inspirational as entreprenuers. And I admire Pioneer Woman as a blogger.
7.) What was the driving force behind starting your milk paint line?
My love for milk paint was growing, but I saw a real hole in the market. Milk paint colors were all in traditional primitive palettes, so I was custom-mixing most of my colors. I thought, Someone should come out with a milk paint line in colors people like me would want. It was just a few months later and that someone was me!
8.) What are your favorite places to shop for “treasures”?
I mostly go to antique stores, because I know I can find a lot of good things in one hit. I still love flea markets, auctions and yard sales, but those can be hit or miss.
9.) Right now shiplap is extremely popular. What do you think the next “big” decor trend will be?
I think wall paper and stenciling are making a comeback, but in a fresher, more modern way.
10.) I know you collect Ironstone. Is there anything else you just have to buy when you see it?
Great textiles. I am such a sucker for quilts, linen tea towels, monogrammed napkins, pillow cases, sheets, shams, baby dresses, etc. The older, the better!
I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to Marian for taking the time to answer my questions and for always being so supportive and kind!
Thanks so much for stopping by!